For our last 2009 gorge before the cold reality of New Year’s resolutions set in, we headed to an old gorge favorite: Aqui es Mexico, which competes for the best Mexican in town yet still reminds me how much I miss Mexican food from the west coast.
My recent discovery at Aqui, which makes me pine for west coast taquerias a little less, is the Chori-Pollo burrito. It’s the perfect solution for those who don’t know whether they love chicken or chorizo more. The star of the enormously stuffed burrito is the chorizo: it’s seasoned with a hint of cinnamon and contains so little fat I’m suspicious it’s actually soy meat. But there are other hidden delights in there, such as carrots, peas, and a healthy serving of cilantro mixed in with the usual lettuce, tomato, and rice mix. Often burritos are overpowered with cheese, which can be a good thing, but I appreciate this burrito’s restraint with a subtle sprinkling of queso fresco and a Mexican sour cream drizzle on top. While the chorizo is the main attraction, the chicken sidekicks and balanced blend of fillers keep everything in delicious harmony.
Farewell for awhile, Chori-Pollo friend. I’ll see you as soon as the resolutions get kicked to the curb.